These sugar cookies are a fun and festive surprise that are sure to make your guests smile as you ring in 2015! These are easy to put together and a creative addition to any celebration!
Here’s how we made these fun treats: (printable recipe)
INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 cookies)
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of butter flavoring
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 bags of Wilton Candy Melts in any colors you wish to use
- 2-3 cups of small confetti sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
- Add eggs, vanilla and butter flavoring and mix well.
- Add all dry ingredients and mix until able to knead into a firm ball of dough (add additional flour if necessary).
- Roll out on a floured counter with a flour coated rolling pin to desired thickness.
- Cut about 72 circles using a cookie cutter (I used a 2″ cookie cutter)
- Use a slightly smaller circle cutter to cut out a center circle from 24 of these cookies.
- Place cookies on cookie sheets covered in parchment paper and bake at 350F degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Slide baked cookies and parchment paper together onto a counter to cool completely.
- Melt about 1/4 of a cup of candy melts (I used white, but you can use whatever colors you’ve chosen) in the microwave for 30 second increments, stirring between until completely melted and smooth. Place the melted candy in a small zip top bag and cut one corner off.
- Pipe around the bottom of the “ring” cookie and place it on a “solid” cookie.
- Fill the open center of the “ring” cookie with confetti sprinkles.
- Pipe melted candy melts around the top of the “ring” cookie and set another “solid” cookie on top.
- Allow these cookies to harden completely (I placed mine in the fridge for about 20 minutes).
- Melt remaining candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted and smooth.
- Dip cookie into melted candy and cover completely, using a spoon. Use a fork to lift out and tap against side of bowl until excess melted candy falls away. Slide bottom of cookie against side of bowl and gently slide onto parchment paper to harden.
- Immediately sprinkle with confetti or other decorations before candy melts harden.
- Package up in a tightly sealed container or in cello bags.
- Wait until midnight and celebrate with the BEST confetti ever– the edible kind!!!
My thoughts: these look complicated to make, but they really went together quickly and it was so fun to see people’s surprise at all that confetti inside. I did warn them to take that 1st bite over a plate- haha- I guess that just depends on how messy you want your floors during that NYE party! Enjoy!!!
12/19/14: On a personal note: I blog my recipes ahead, and I prepared this post (and scheduled it to publish) several weeks ago. Since that time, my mom has been diagnosed with very, very aggressive cancer and admitted to Hospice. I just wanted to ask for all of you who have followed this little blog and enjoyed these recipes to keep our family in your prayers as we say good bye to her during this Christmas and New Year season. Because of this, and because I am in the process of starting a new job, I will be taking a few weeks off from publishing recipes here. May this New Year bring great hope and joy to you and your family! God Bless! Back in a few weeks. *Hugs* ~Ruthanne